Bitter Apples (Gordon Lightfoot)

Gordon Lightfoot

I found this cool Word Garden prompt at Tao-Talk, which Lisa also linked to dVerse Poets Pub, since it has a post-Valentine’s Day theme of lost love (I will do the same). I couldn’t resist participating when the topic was Gordon Lightfoot ~ I love him. He was my first crush… I’m still mesmerized by his soulful eyes on the cover of If You Could Read My Mind. Here is my offering from the Word Garden List.

I recall the taste of bitter apples,
Tart on untried tongues,
Sweetened by your tender laughter–
We started much too young.
Long we lingered, lost in love songs,
Dewy-eyed with lust;
Twilight turned your smile colder,
Ground daydreams to dust.
Rainy winds across the muskeg–
Hound dog senses blood.
Slowly secrets claw their way home,
Uncovered in the mud.

~*~
©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

35 responses to “Bitter Apples (Gordon Lightfoot)

  1. Always loved this song

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  2. Beautiful poem Paula or are they lyrics of a song?

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  3. There’s a story here – well written.

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  4. What a great sadness the poem turns to….but yes, as the verse says, we started goo young….some lovely, and sensual lines there…

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  5. This starts out so sweetly and innocently, and then ends so very darkly. I love the progression. Favourite lines? I recall the taste of bitter apples,
    Tart on untried tongues, – what a fantastic opening.

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  6. Gordon would like this, I think. So glad to see new faces at my Word List! And so nice to meet other Lightfoot fans; there seem to be many!

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  7. Full of the bittersweet yet sustaining flavor of Lightfoot’s work. I love the last two lines. Great to see you at Word Garden!

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  8. I enjoyed this poem. Gordon lightfoot is hot.

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  9. I like what you did here, Paula. Why there is that inevitable “turn” is a mystery that may never be solved 😦

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  10. Love this!! A delight to read / digest!

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  11. Not every love story gets to end happily

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  12. I love your intense poem of past love and secrets buried in the mud! Well done, Paula.

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  13. A beautiful story and memory within the lines. Lightfoot certainly has gorgeous eyes and songs. Lovely to meet you Paula!

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  14. Paula – this is truly beautifully written. You gave your rhymes life and grace.


    David

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  15. Such a total transformation! Sadly love sometimes turns sour like this…

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  16. beautiful poem, paula. you presented the turn quite well, fleeting love, oh how i remember… nicely written.

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